Hey world. So, I don’t normally write columns, but I’ve been feeling strongly about this for a while. I’ve been vegan for almost 19 years and while some of it has to do with discovering P.E., this rant isn’t based around that. After getting P.E. #64 in the mail and reading Dan’s opening bit, I was re-inspired. Dawn(my wife) and I lived in different cities for a while, but now live out in the woods. We don’t get a good show this way often and there’s no scene. Years ago we saw Atakke(Sam is from this area), but missed Kylesa. Last October I talked a local promoter into getting Phobia to play a local DIY space. It was great.
While I do miss shows, punk is about much more. Screaming for change is one thing, but working on it is better. Am I preaching? You decide. I’m not going to say go vegan(just do it already), but there are so many reasons to do it. Also, buy and eat whole foods. Avoid packaging. Every packaged food has a long history and a carbon footprint. Just buy locally grown foods and grow your own if you can. Little things like turning things(lights, t.v.s, amps, etc.) off when not in use helps. Ride a bike or walk when you can. Don’t buy things you don’t need and buy local when possible. Reuse everything. Canning jars are great for canning, then storage and then drinking coffee, tea juice. That plastic bag you get produce in? Wash it and use it again.
We’re punks for a reason. We just don’t fit in. Let’s make the “norms” realize we’re good folks and that we have good qualities and aren’t just eye candy. Bring your own shopping bag and reuse everything to death. Also, sew your favorite label or band logo on it and hand out the most recent issue of P.E. to a curious passerby.